As we step into the new year, our continent is still faced with the Ebola Virus Disease threat with South Africans on edge, waiting for it to cross our borders. According to the doctors without borders (DWB), the likelihood of a tourist brining it in via air or seas is low, as the airport and port protocols are strictly adhered to. However, medical aircraft and personnel have their own protocol and are not screened as the public are.
We have seen doctors returning to Spain and the US, and at the time of going to print, DWB have lost nine of their staff to this disease. We are the gatekeepers to keep our country safe and in this edition we have a feature that is all about the Ebola protocol, precautions, and testimonies of those that have been involved in EBV transfers in West Africa.
We don’t know what this hear will hold for our industry, the ambulance short courses still a sword hanging over all our heads, the lack of staff in Fire and Emergency, are still challenges we take into this year, but we need to overcome this. When you are out there, feel the African sun on your back, and be proudly South African, despite the obstacles in our way.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. - Ralph Waldo Emerson